<preprocess include=FILE name="H:\LUDWIG\cdschoud\uk\include\inc001.txt"> J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2002 May-Jun;11(3):201-11  

Outcome of rotator cuff repair.

Watson EM, Sonnabend DH.

Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

From 710 consecutive open rotator cuff repairs by a single surgeon, the results of 667 were available for detailed analysis. Patient-assessed outcomes and the ability to perform specific activities of daily living, employment, and recreation were correlated with independent nonstructural variables including age, sex, workers' compensation status, and revision surgery status. The study shows that patient self-assessment of satisfaction is very high, with 87.5% of all respondents pleased overall. Detailed assessment is provided of certain subgroups that are more likely to report worse results after surgery. These include patients on workers' compensation, those undergoing revision surgery, and those younger than 55 years of age. Information presented here may be useful during preoperative counseling for rotator cuff repairs, to ensure realistic patient expectations.